Bharat Pannu, 36, recently set a new cycling world record in India. He completed his journey on a bike saddle created by Dayton startup Edge Cycling Technologies. CONTRIBUTED

New world record cyclist used Dayton-made bike saddle

There's a new cycling world record-holder in India, and he completed his journey on a bike saddle created by Dayton startup Edge Cycling Technologies.

Bharat Pannu, 36, biked a 3,604-kilometer race from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in eight days, nine hours and 48 minutes, breaking the 10-day, 3-hour, 32-minute Guinness World Record set last year, the Times of India reports

Pannu spent nearly the entire ride on a PhysioSaddle, a patent-pending, anatomically-correct bike saddle designed by Dayton’s Edge Cycling Technologies Founder & CEO Dr. Shane Page. 

Page is a licensed physical therapist and board-certified sports specialist, as well as a cycling enthusiast. 

"We set out to create a more comfortable bike seat because we know soreness is a real problem. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine elite athletes like Bahrat would be breaking world records on our PhysioSaddle," Page said. "We're thrilled to know our saddle is helping to push new bounds in the sport." 

ABOUT THE BIKE SEAT

The PhysioSaddle combines cycling with biomechanics and anatomical knowledge to improve comfort and decrease pain. Four specifically placed concavities reduce the pressure points that are created by conventional bike seats. 

"I was on the PhysioSaddle for more than 98% (of the) time," Pannu wrote to Page in a message. "I somehow wasn't comfortable on any other saddle this time." 

Edge Cycling Technologies won the University of Dayton's Flyer Pitch competition in 2018. The startup has been a client at The Entrepreneurs Center in Dayton for the last two years. 

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